Pilot Dead in Everglades Plane Crash

Pilot Paul S. Soule, 75, was the only person on board at the time of the crash.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013  |  Updated 3:39 PM EDT
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Rescue crews search for the site of a plane crash in the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge area of the Everglades.

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Deputies have identified the body of a pilot after his plane was found Saturday in the Everglades.

Paul S. Soule, 75, was killed after the small, private plane he was flying crashed in the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge area, according to NBC affiliate WPTV.

His wife told WPTV that he was the owner of the plane and the only person on board at the time of the crash.

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Rescue crews searched the area after Coast Guard officials found the wreckage site 20 miles south of State Road 80 and 20 miles west of Boynton Beach.

The plane had taken off from Fort Lauderdale Executive airport and was on its way to Leesburg, the Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday.

The cause of the crash remains unclear.

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